“The companies that survive longest are the ones that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.”
Charles Handy, Social Philosopher
The Leigh Academy is proud to be a Business and Enterprise centre of excellence.
Within the Academy, the Business and Enterprise Learning Area gives students a strong understanding and appreciation of the world of business and international commerce. It deepens their financial and economic understanding and develops their entrepreneurial skills. Students become flexible and adventurous in their responses to the demands of business and society in a changing world.
Strong links and contacts with industry and commerce both at home and abroad underpin the learning experience of students as they gain practical experience and valuable insight into the world of work.
Enterprise education is an entitlement for all students at the The Leigh Academy. “Act Enterprisingly” – part of our motto – is central to the ethos of the Academy. We place a high value on nurturing enterprise, creativity, initiative and risk taking – a “can do” culture.
We have adopted the Department for Education definition of enterprise and we currently place particular emphasis on enterprise capability and financial capability:
“Enterprise education consists of enterprise capability supported by better financial capability and economic and business understanding.”
Whilst providing opportunities to develop “entrepreneurship” (e.g. by running a mini enterprise), The Leigh Academy takes a broad approach to what constitutes “enterprise capability”, as demonstrated by the fourteen enterprising skills and attributes displayed on the pillars in the Academy’s Winter Garden:
Leadership and teamwork in PE – e.g. Sports Leaders and Netball Organisers and Leaders programmes.This broad approach to enterprise capability reflects the wide range of specialisms at the Academy and the breadth of the Academy’s academic and vocational curriculum. A few examples of Enterprise across the Academy include:
Problem-solving and innovation in Technology, e.g. The BP Greenpower Challenge
Creativity and Communication in Creative Arts, e.g. Creativity Week
Decision making and risk taking in Business and Enterprise, eg. The Academy Business Challenge.
We aim to:
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted